Nationals vs. Twins - 4/22/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Minnesota Twins (5-11) at Washington Nationals (11-4)
MLB Baseball: Friday, April 22, 2016 at 7:05 pm (Nationals Park)
K Gibson (0-2) (3.57) vs. G Gonzalez (0-0) (0.69)
The Line: Washington Nationals -170 / Minnesota Twins +160 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
The Minnesota Twins and Washington Nationals begin a three-game series Friday night.
The Minnesota Twins look for consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Twins have woken up offensively, scoring five or more runs in six of their last seven games. Keep in mind this is the same Minnesota Twins that scored three or less runs in each of their first nine games of the season. Joe Mauer leads Minnesota with 19 hits, Trevor Plouffe has six RBI and Byung Ho Park has four home runs. Kyle Gibson gets the ball, and he’s 0-2 with a 3.57 ERA and 10 strikeouts this season. This will be Gibson’s first career game against the Nationals.
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The Washington Nationals look to get back on track after losing three of their last five games. The Nationals continue to rely on their pitching staff that’s allowed three or less runs in eight of their last 10 games. The Washington Nationals are 10-1 this season when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Daniel Murphy leads Washington with 21 hits, Bryce Harper has 22 RBI and Wilson Ramos has two home runs. Gio Gonzalez takes the hill, and he’s 0-0 with a 0.69 ERA and 12 strikeouts this season. Gonzalez is 2-3 with a 7.00 ERA and 33 strikeouts in his career against the Twins.
The Twins are 7-2 in their last 9 interleague games vs. a left-handed starter and 2-7 in Gibsons last 9 interleague starts. The Nationals are 5-0 in their last 5 home games and 2-5 in Gonzalezs last 7 home starts. The Twins are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
The Nationals will be eager to bounce back after losing Thursday to a Marlins team that was resting their key players. The Twins have been hit or miss this season obviously, and you have to predict this will be a miss with Gonzalez on the hill. I like the home team.